Israeli defense minister says attack on Rafah to be launched soon

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Israeli defense minister says attack on Rafah to be launched soon

Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant said on Sunday that the order to launch the Israeli onslaught on Rafah, the enclave's southernmost city, will be given "very soon," reported Xinhua.

A photo shared on Gallant's official account on social media platform X showed him donning a helmet as he walked alongside commanders during a tour near the sea in Gaza's central region.

Gallant said that Israel assesses the likelihood of reaching an agreement with Hamas as low. "The implication of this — a large-scale operation in Rafah and other areas of the Gaza Strip very soon," he said.

"We are on the verge of a highly prepared operation," Gallant added.

About 1.2 million people have been sheltering in Rafah, according to estimates by the United Nations, escaping Israeli bombardments in other areas as well as the famine-stricken northern Gaza.

Israel and Hamas have been engaged in indirect negotiations on a ceasefire deal aimed at securing the release of hostages held in Gaza.

While Hamas has not fully endorsed the recent version of the proposed deal brokered by Egypt, it has expressed positivity. Israel has not officially commented on the proposal.

The main point of contention between the two sides remains the duration of the truce, with Hamas demanding that Israel halt the conflict, while Israel insists on continuing until it deems Hamas defeated.

Source: www.dailyfinland.fi

6 Comments
  1. JennaSmith86 says

    Will this upcoming attack on Rafah truly bring a resolution to the conflict between Israel and Hamas?

    1. MichaelJohnson77 says

      Hey JennaSmith86, unfortunately, history has shown that military attacks often escalate conflicts rather than resolve them. It’s crucial for both parties to prioritize dialogue and diplomacy to achieve lasting peace.

  2. AmyJohnson44 says

    It’s deeply concerning to hear about the imminent attack on Rafah. Peaceful negotiations should always be the priority to avoid further escalation of violence and loss of innocent lives.

  3. EmilyJohnson says

    As an avid follower of Middle East affairs, I feel deeply concerned about the escalating tension between Israel and Gaza. It’s disheartening to hear about the imminent attack on Rafah. I believe that dialogue and diplomacy should be prioritized over military actions to prevent further suffering and loss of innocent lives.

  4. Emily_Cohen says

    I believe that resorting to a large-scale military operation in Rafah is not the solution to the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas. It is crucial for both parties to prioritize peaceful negotiations and find common ground for a ceasefire. The well-being of the civilians in Rafah should be the top priority, and any action taken should aim to minimize harm and promote stability in the region.

  5. Emily1990 says

    It is deeply concerning to hear about the imminent attack on Rafah. These continuous escalations only exacerbate the suffering of innocent civilians caught in the crossfire. Dialogue and diplomacy should be prioritized over violence and confrontation.

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